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    How would you color a sloppily drawn comic book?

    A client wants me to color his comic book. It’s 25 pages How would you go about coloring something like this? Here are some examples of what I’m working on. The colored page was flatted by me.


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    it's really unprofessional to take money from a client then publicly trash their work and admit you don't know how to do the job you were paid to do. Grow the fuck up.

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    Um. You can calm down. The artist agrees that it is sloppy. I’m not trashing anyone. He suggested I post this here. But we live in a society where bitter losers in forums like to say incendiary things to complete strangers for the pettiest thing. So I’m not really phased by your comment. So I’ll wait for a real response.

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    I have control over this project just want some advice as to how to I can make the best of this. The colored page was flatted by me. I want to know other than flatting, what can be done to enhance the colors. The. Charactersx are drawn in a very flat anime style do its not so easy to draw to contour or add value— is what I meant to say. So spare me the vitriol.
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    A client wants me to color his comic book. Itís 25 pages. Here are some examples of what Iím working on. The colored page was flatted by me. How would you go about coloring something like this?

    I fixed that for you.

    Do you have any prior experience coloring comics? Do whatever you did there.


    Read the vibe of the scene on the page. What's the setting, lighting, mood, etc.
    If the script emphasizes something in a panel, you can use color contrast to call attention to it.

    If the aim is anime/manga coloring then look at examples of that: mostly going to be cel shaded, using gradients sparingly for emotional emphasis -OR- it could be lots of color blending and traditionally-painted look.
    There are loads of how to videos out there.

    Did you discuss preferred style with your client? Did they provide you with examples of what they're aiming for? We don't know what your client wants. You need to go over this with them.

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    Yeah I was being too transparent in my first post. Something I do too much. See? There I go again. Lol. I shared too much unnecessary info. But thank you. I. Forgot about cel shading. I will look into That.

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    Don't get angry at people for assuming you dont know what you're doing. Read your initial post as if you didn't have all the prior information we don't have, to us you were just complaining about a clients work then asking for help on doing your job. We can't really tell you how to colour it, each panel will involve different techniques and thought processes to get the right look. The client is obviously expecting you to do a lot of detail filling as well as colouring. You will probably have to redo a lot of the line art/inking. I will say your flats page really doesn't look comic book at all, so much clashing.

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    Also just as general advice, itís really bad practice to be publicly posting clients work at all without explicit permission. Posting something like what you did would get me fired at my job before I could blink.
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    Ok let me make this clear. Please calm down people. I am doing this for my friend since high school. It’s. Not that serious. Thanks though I will be careful not to make this a habit. For future reference.

    Also. I am going to look into how to flat the right way but while I’m here, please tell me If Ives fixed the clashing. I went over the colors with an adjustment layer.

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    Even though the drawing isn't polished, you can still add to the read of the panels by using good composition of values. Because when you're applying color you're inevitably also applying values.

    It comes down to personal taste a lot. But I like a limited number of different values and colors on a page. Your color palette is...every color.

    Example (Hellboy in hell):

    The colors aren't super literal, and stick to a small pallet for the duration of the scene. And in black and white the values read really well. There are also some really subtle gradations which add something. So yeah, I'm definitely not an expert, just some ideas about making the best out of it.

    Update: Your adjustment layer looks good! didn't see that while writing.
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    The people in the foreground should be darker....hmm

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    He wanted colorful. Maybe I took it too literally? I know about limiting the pallet. I agree limiting the pallet would look better. I will. Try that. Also, I really wanna see your attachment but I can’t.

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    Ok I see your attachment now. Thank you

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    So you're not a professional, but you still changed your OP, glad to see you took my advice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dpaint View Post
    So you're not a professional, but you still changed your OP, glad to see you took my advice.
    I am a professional. You know nothing about me. Get a life. Goodbye.

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    Fire and forget yo . Work based on the budget and client's need . Then get a better gig nexttime

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